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After receiving the approval to build a GMP certified production house under WHO guidelines, which include upgrading its production equipment, lab and building, Venerable herbal medicine producer Singha Durbar Vaidyakhana Bikas Samiti has moved to adopt good manufacturing practices (GMP). Singha Durbar Vaidyakhana Bikas Samiti is the oldest Ayurvedic company in Nepal which produces herbal medicines like Silajit, sugar-free Chyawanprash, Sharpagandha and others targeting the domestic market. It makes more than 140 types of medicines.
The medicines produced by the company will be certified under the WHO standard once it has all the required facilities. The company has started the process to invite bids for the construction of the required facilities. According to the company, the design of the proposed new production facility has been approved.
According to Babu Raj Amatya, senior Ayurvedic physician at the department, the company has not received the final approval to produce and sell medicines under GMP guidelines. “Going into the GMP process does not mean they can produce and sell products with WHO certified labels instead the medicines will be assessed and certified.”
According to Rajendra Kumar Giri, managing director of the company, after the fulfillment of the GMP requirement, they will be able to produce and export standardized medicines abroad. Nepal has an abundance of herbal resources but lacks quality control mechanisms and WHO mandated facilities. Bhaskar Herbaceuticals is the only company currently producing Ayurvedic medicines in Nepal under WHO guidelines.